The Tree of Life in Ancient Cultures


The Tree of Life in Ancient Cultures



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Magazine Article

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June 1988



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Griggs, C. Wilfred. "The Tree of Life in Ancient Cultures", Ensign, Vol. 18. no. 6 1988:26-31.


The tree of life as a religious symbol is found in all ancient Near Eastern societies. Its symbols and religious significance are explained in many of the ancient religious writings of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and in the writings of the early Christian Fathers. Further, ancient texts and writings from Central America contain pictorial depictions or expositions concerning the tree of life. However, references found in the Bible and the Book of Mormon represent the truest and purest explanations of the sacred tree, with the most complete commentary being found in the Book of Mormon. Griggs’s goal of demonstrating that the Book of Mormon tree of life is an ancient work by comparing its symbols with other religious writings of the period is achieved.

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